CLEVELAND, Ohio – Every night opens for Shane Bieber.
Bieber marked the second start of the season on Thursday night, when the Indians defeated the Twins 2-0 at Target Field. It’s hard to imagine Bieber being better than he was on July 24, when he set a record nightly record for the Indians with 14 shots in six unsuccessful passes against Kansas City, but he was.
Bieber now has 27 penalties and 1
The general strikethrough for the rotation of the tribe? That would be 67 hits in 47 passes.
Francisco Lindor provided all the offenses Bieber needed with a home game of two games against Jose Berrios (0-1, 7.00) in the third inning.
Bieber (2-0, 0.00) conceded three goals. He retired the last seven men he encountered and did not walk the dough. Bieber walked with one batter and conceded seven goals in two starts this season.
Rookie James Karinchak placed in ninth place for his first save from the major leagues. Brad Hand, who lost Wednesday’s game in the ninth inning in Chicago, had thrown twice in the last two games and was clearly unavailable.
The Indians took a 2-0 lead against the Twins at the double-faced home of Lindor in the third. Berios started the inning by giving Oscar Mercado a cross and hitting Cesar Hernandez.
Jose Ramirez, who entered the game .368 (7-for-19), sent the field to Berriors 1-2 in the right field for a single. Berios also jumped in front of Lindor, but with a score of 0-2 he threw a fast ball to the right in the middle and Lindor sent it through the wall in the right center for his second homer of the season.
The Indians had a chance to extend the lead in the sixth after Berios left after five assists. Francil Reyes and Bradley Zimmer reached the singles. Zimmer reached the singles and continued in second place in a throwing error by first baseman Miguel Sano. The throw was so bad that Reyes might have scored, but he slid to second base before moving on to third.
Zack Little, who started sixth, followed Domingo Santana to load the bases with one. Hunter Sandy Leon sent a liner back into the mound. Little stopped him with his body, picked him up and started a 1-2-3 double play to complete the inning.
Another potential goal goal disappeared in the sixth. Hernandez took a one-time walk with Ramirez and Lindor because of a bat. But Hernandez was chosen first when he returned in the first place instead of diving. Sano marked him on the helmet, but Hernandez was initially called safe. The twins disputed the call and the safe call was canceled.
Ramirez followed with a walk, and Lindor sent a liner to the gap in the center-right, which Byron Buxton ran down.
Berrios allowed two runs on three hits in five assists. He hit six and left one.
Elder Gemini №1 entered the game with a career record of 5-2 against the Indians. That included a 2-0 record last year in four starts.
The victory gave Bieber a 4-0 career record against the Twins.
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